Partners and Networks

From basic research to teaching to concrete application-oriented questions, the KiNSIS research focus cooperates with external partners who are strong in research. Many of them are firmly integrated into KiNSIS as members and closely involved in the further development of the focus and nano research in general in Northern Germany.



Department of Life, Light & Matter (LL&M), University of Rostock

In 2007, the Department of Science and Technology of Life, Light and Matter (LL&M) was founded at the University of Rostock as a focal point between the natural sciences (incl. agricultural sciences), engineering sciences and medicine. It is part of the Interdisciplinary Faculty (INF). Currently, 45 members from five different faculties of the University of Rostock, the Leibniz Institutes for Atmospheric Physics and Catalysis and the Welding Training and Testing Institute MV are involved in the LL&M Department. The focus is on catalysis, photonics, medicine and simulation technology. The main goals are the identification of current research topics, the acquisition of third-party funding and the close cooperation with non-university institutes and companies.

To the website of the LL&M Department


Dr. Susanne Radloff
Scientific Coordinator LL&M
 +49 381 498-8911

Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY)

DESY in Hamburg, a research centre of the Helmholtz Association, is one of the world's leading accelerator centres. With its large-scale equipment, researchers explore the microcosm in all its diversity – from the interplay of the smallest elementary particles to the behaviour of novel nanomaterials and those vital processes that take place between biomolecules. Both the accelerators and the detection instruments that DESY develops and builds are unique research tools: they generate the strongest X-ray light in the world, bring particles to record energies and open completely new windows into the universe.

An official cooperation agreement between Kiel University and DESY was signed in 2011; in 2022, the Ruprecht Haensel Laboratory (RHL) was inaugurated as a joint research facility. With this, the long-standing, close cooperation also comes together spatially under one roof.

To the Website of DESY


Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel
Head of the Working Group "Solid State Research with Synchrotron Radiation", Kiel University
Lead Scientist, DESY
+49 40 8998-4532

Prof. Dr. Melanie Schnell
Head of the Working Group "Physical Chemistry", CAU
Lead Scientist, DESY
+49 8998-6240

Prof. Dr. Holger Sondermann
Lead Scientist, DESY, Center für Strukturelle Systembiologie (CSSB)
+49 40 8998 7680

European X-Ray Free-Electron Laser Facility (European XFEL)

The European XFEL in the Hamburg metropolitan region is a research facility of superlatives: It generates ultra-short laser light flashes in the X-ray range – 27,000 times per second and with an intensity of light that is billions of times higher than that of the best conventional sources of X-ray radiation. The X-ray flashes are generated in underground tunnels and enable researchers from all over the world to see details of viruses at the atomic level, film chemical reactions and study processes like those inside planets.

To the website of the European XFEL


Prof. Dr. Kai Rossnagel
Head of the Working Group 'Solid State Research with Synchrotron Radiation', Kiel University
Lead Scientist, DESY
+49 431 880-3876

Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center

The Research Center Borstel is the lung research centre of the Leibniz Association. It conducts interdisciplinary and translational research into diseases associated with civilisation, such as asthma and allergies, as well as lung infections, especially tuberculosis (TB). The aim is to elucidate the causes and mechanisms of infectious and non-infectious, chronic inflammatory diseases of the lung and to derive new, innovative concepts for prevention, diagnostics and therapy.

To the website of the Research Center Borstel


Prof. Dr. Thomas Gutsmann
Programme Area 'Infections, Biophysics'
Research Center Borstel – Leibniz Lung Center
+49 4537 188-2910

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology (ISIT)

The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicon Technology ISIT in Itzehoe is one of Europe's most modern research institutions for microelectronics and microsystems technology. At the heart of the institute are the cleanroom facilities: with their size, they do not only support research but also the production of microchips on an industrial scale. In close cooperation with industry partners, 160 scientists develop power electronics components and microsystems with fine movable structures for sensors (pressure, movement, biochemical analytic, etc.) and actuators (valves, scanners, mirror arrays, etc.) including housing technology. They are used in medicine, environmental and traffic technology, communication technology, the automotive industry and mechanical engineering.

To the website of Fraunhofer ISIT


Prof. Marco Liserre
Lehrstuhl für Leistungselektronik, CAU
Deputy Head, ISIT
Director of Electronic Energy Systems, ISIT
+49 431 880-6100

Dr. Fabian Lofink
Head of Business Unit | MEMS Applications, ISIT
+49 4821 17-1198


Helmholtz-Zentrum hereon, Geesthacht

The Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon conducts cutting-edge international research for greater resilience and sustainability. The interdisciplinary research spectrum of around 1,100 employees includes high-performance materials, processes and environmentally friendly technologies for mobility and new energy systems. In addition, biomaterials are being researched for medicine and to increase the quality of life. Understand fully, apply in practice: with the help of research and consultancy, Hereon meets the challenges of climate change in a solution-oriented way, facilitating sustainable management and the protection of coastal and marine environments.

As part of an international network and as part of the Helmholtz Association, Hereon supports institutions from politics, business and society with the transfer of its expertise. Founded in 1956, the centre is the largest non-university research institution in Schleswig-Holstein. In addition to its headquarters in Geesthacht and the Teltow site near Berlin, Hereon has branch offices in Hamburg, Kiel, Berlin and Garching near Munich.

To the website of the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon


Prof. Dr. Regine Willumeit-Römer
Head of the Institute of Metallic Biomaterials, Hereon
+49 431 880-6147

Prof. Dr. Martin Müller
Director of the Institute of Materials Physics, Hereon
+49 4152 87-1268
 +49 40 8998-6902

Prof. Dr. Mikhail Zheludkevich
Director of the Institute of Surface Science, Hereon
+49 4152 87-1988

Kiel Science Factory (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt)

The Kiel Science Factory (Kieler Forschungswerkstatt) is a joint facility of Kiel University and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN). With free extracurricular teaching and learning opportunities, IPN aims to promote young people's interest in science in general and in the STEM subjects in particular. In addition, the Research Workshop is dedicated to teacher training and further education – starting with teacher training – and to the communication of scientific content to the wider society.

To the website of the Kiel Science Factory



Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann
Head of the Kiel Science Factory
+49 431 880-3494

Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)

The mission of the IPN in Kiel is to advance the development of the pedagogy of science and mathematics through its basic research on teaching and learning. Researchers work on educational questions and projects in interdisciplinary teams where the natural sciences, mathematics, didactics, education and psychology are all represented.

To the website of the IPN Kiel


Prof. Dr. Ilka Parchmann
Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN)
Head of the Department of Chemistry Education
+49 431 880-3494

Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock)

70 years of catalysis know-how form the basis of the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis (LIKAT Rostock). The Institute for Catalysis Research, forerunner of LIKAT Rostock, was founded in 1952 as the first research institute in Europe dedicated exclusively to catalysis. Today, LIKAT is one of the largest publicly funded research institutes in the field of applied catalysis in Europe. Through the use of high-performance catalysts, chemical reactions take place in a resource-saving manner while increasing the yield, avoiding by-products and reducing the specific energy requirement. Efficient use of all resources is only possible with successful research into catalysis. Already, four out of five chemical products go through a catalysis cycle during their production. In addition to their use in chemistry, catalytic applications are increasingly found in the life sciences, in the provision of energy and in climate and environmental protection.

To the website of LIKAT

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön focuses its internationally oriented research on the principles, mechanisms and effects of evolutionary change. The scientists conduct basic research to explain fundamental evolutionary biological processes such as ecological adaptations, the emergence of sexuality or the evolution of cooperativeness. The work performed in the three departments Evolutionary Genetics, Evolutionary Theory and Microbial Population Biology includes ecological, organismal, molecular and theoretical approaches.

To the website of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology


Prof. Dr. Arne Traulsen
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Department for Theoretical Biology
+49 4522 763-239

North German Initiative Nanotechnology Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (NINa SH e.V.)

NINa SH e.V. promotes and networks nanotechnology and related fields of technology in the north of Germany with research institutions and companies in the countries bordering the Baltic Sea. Scientific study groups and stakeholders from companies, politics and associations regularly exchange knowledge and experience through various event and information formats, they establish new contacts and jointly develop ideas on everything to do with nanoparticles, materials and coatings.

To the website of NINa SH e.V.


Prof. Dr. Franz Faupel
Chair of 'Multicomponent Materials’, Institute of Materials Science, Kiel University
1. Chairman NINa SH
+49 431 880-6225


University Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)

The University Cancer Centre Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH) is the umbrella organisation of all oncological institutions of the University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein. It has sites in Kiel and Lübeck and is supported by Kiel University and the Foundation University Lübeck.

As a leading supra-regional cancer centre in Schleswig-Holstein and beyond, it offers interdisciplinary care at the highest level to patients with malignant tumour diseases, incorporating the latest oncological research results and the opportunity to participate in clinical trials of all phases of development. In close collaboration with its cooperation partners, UCCSH ensures treatment according to the standard guidelines and designs projects in the area of prevention and research.

To the UCCSH website



Dr. Simone Lipinski
Research Coordinator UCCSH
+49 431 500-18512

University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH)

As one of the largest European centres of university medicine, UKSH combines cutting-edge international research with interdisciplinary patient care and top-level training of the next generation of doctors. 

To the website of the UKSH

University Hospital Rostock (UMR)

The University Hospital Rostock (UMR) is the maximum care provider for the central region of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. With international cutting-edge medicine from head to toe, with state-of-the-art technology and the latest treatment methods, UMR offers patients the entire spectrum of therapies. In research, the scientists achieve results that are recognised worldwide. In teaching, practice-oriented lessons in small groups is as much the norm as is training in innovative subjects such as the new Medical Biotechnology degree programme.

To the UMR website

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